Microsoft Retreats From The Blogging Platform Market

Is Microsoft (NSDQ: MSFT) increasingly picking its battles online? People who want to set up blogs using its Windows Live Spaces platform are now being referred to Automattic’s WordPress, as part of a new partnership between the two companies. The move means that Microsoft is killing Spaces, a six-year-old product that has more than 30 million active users. Existing users have six months to “upgrade” their blogs to WordPress.

In a blog post, Microsoft says that “rather than having Windows Live invest in a competing blogging service, we decided the best thing we could do for our customers was to give them a great blogging solution through,” drawing a parallel between the decision and some of its other recent partnership efforts.

Take that logic a step further, and you start wondering which of Microsoft’s very long list of Windows Live-related services could be next to go.